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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


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Zach

22, Deep River
United States

Date Posted: 2012-12-18
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
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I was so very excited back when I heard that they were finally going to make the Hobbit. When it was going through its premiere's and being reviewed, I noticed that the actual movie wasn't being reviewed. Instead the new 48 fps and 3D technology were being criticized and were splitting critics. In a way I was glad, I didn't have to worry about hearing if one part was bad or good, I got to see it with out any spoils. Also I reread the book up to where I thought it would end, out of the frying-pan and into the fire. So now the movie. The movie started with the history of Erebor, narrated by Bilbo, which I didn't really care for, I'd rather have someone else. The scene with Frodo and Bilbo was a nice touch to truly connect the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. The movie really gets going when we meet Bilbo and takes off from there. The movie has a lighter tone than the Rings, and that's because of the books, but I really enjoy the more comical world of Middle-Earth through the adventure of the dwarves (its not that comical, but more jokes and merriment). Also the history of the dwarves in Moria was a nice touch for fans. The best thing about the Hobbit is the fact that it uses more of the book, if not all of it so far over the condensed LotR (that's not saying that the movies don't do justice, but they do, very much and are amazing). I loved the rock giant battle, the Trolls, The Great Goblin, and the wargs. The added scenes of the group being chased added the sense of this journey not being as easy it would have been. As far as the scenes with Gandalf and Radagast, I thought it was great. Radagast has been compared to Jar Jar Binks, but I think this is dead wrong. Radagast is a wizard and if I recall wizards don't have to be serious like Gandalf and Saruman. Radagast is weird and is amazing! The only thing I did not like was the design of Azog, I wish he was done with a little more prosthetics. Besides that, I loved the movie, it was done wonderfully. All the actors were brilliant! And I really can't wait to see more of the Mirkwood elves.

The Ratings
The Other Ratings
Martin Freeman 's performance as Bilbo Baggins?
Richard Armitage 's performance as Thorin?
The Overall representation of The Dwarves ?
Andy Serkis' performance as Gollum?
Ian McKellen's performance as Gandalf?
Bilbo's retelling of the history of Erebor and of Thror/Thrain/Thorin
The Eagles rescue sequence?
The Goblin King ?
Initial impression of Thranduil?
Hugo Weaving's performance as Elrond?
Radagast's portrayal in the movie?
The representation of Goblintown?
Cate Blanchett's performance as Galadriel?
The Bag End Supper scene?
The scene of the Trolls?
The representation of the Arkenstone?
The Stone Giants?
Escape from the Goblin cave?
Riddles in the Dark scene?
The return to Rivendell?
The attack on the party by the Wargs
The first glimpses of Smaug?
The ending of the movie; in regards to leading well into the next film, and serving as a good ending point.
The overall pace of the film
Peter Jackson's vision in bringing the Hobbit to the big screen.






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